Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
USA TODAY - Democrat Sean Eldridge, the husband of Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes, launched his campaign for Congress on Monday for a swing district in New York.
Eldridge, 27, president of investment firm Hudson River Ventures, played up his family's modest roots in Ohio in a campaign video in which he stressed he would be an "independent voice" if elected. He seeks to challenge GOP Rep. Chris Gibson in a New York congressional district that twice elected President Obama.
"Instead of looking out for Wall Street and big oil, we need Washington to help our small businesses and our family farms," Eldridge says.
Eldridge and Hughes, publisher and editor in chief of The New Republic, got married in New York last summer after same-sex marriage became legal in the state. Eldridge is a former communication director and political director for Freedom to Marry, an organization that pushes for the legalization of gay marriage across the country.
The National Republican Congressional Committee is already targeting Eldridge, charging that he is running to "take his rightful place among the liberal elitist establishment." A fake website set up by the NRCC aimed at Eldridge features pictures of him alongside House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md.